About the only thing Bernhard Langer didn’t do in winning the Oasis Championship was shoot his age—not that he’s not getting closer to doing that all the time.
Langer, who will turn 62 in August, shot rounds of 64-68-65 to take the title at the Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., by a healthy five shots over Marco Dawson. And in the victory, Langer surpassed Hale Irwin for most career earnings on the PGA Tour Champions; his $255,000 first-prize money raised his career total to nearly $27.2 million, $75,590 ahead of Irwin.
A look at the scorecard would suggest the two-time Masters champion was his usual machine-like self from tee to green, as Langer made just one bogey for the week, the lone misstep coming on the par-4 17th hole during the second round (which he promptly made up for with an eagle at the 18th).
However a deeper dive into the stats reveals Langer was merely sufficient from tee to green. He ranked T-40 in driving distance, T-15 in driving accuracy and T-17 in greens in regulation. It was around the green, however, where Langer excelled, getting up and down 13 of 14 times to lead the field, including three-for-three in sand saves, all of them coming in the final round where he was a perfect five-for-five in scrambling.
In addition to his gap wedge, Langer uses a pair of wedges around the green—a 56-degree Cleveland 588 RTX and a 60-degree Titleist Vokey prototype. Both proved to be handy weapons for the ageless German’s 39th PGA Tour Champions victory.
What Bernhard Langer had in the bag at the Oasis Championship:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Ping G400, 9 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017, 15 degrees
Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro (18 degrees)
Irons (4): Ping S55; (5): Artisan Golf; (6-8): Adams Idea Pro Black MB; (9): Artisan Golf; (PW): TaylorMade RSi TP
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX (50, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Long